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ABC
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
wire, dan. what's happening right now is harry reid and mitch mcconnell, the top democrat and republican in the senate are still negotiating their staffs at this hour. they are supposed to be working until about 3:00 this afternoon when the plan would be presented to both caucuses. as we understand what they are talking about is the bare minimum. basically the senate negotiating to extend those tax cuts for everybody making under $250,000 a year and do extend unemployment benefits also they're talking about trying to do something to stop the automatic spending cuts that go into effect but don't expect a deal on that. now, dan, if a deal can be reached today, the senate would begin looking at it, begin debating it and then you would see vote tomorrow in the senate and possibly a vote tomorrow in the house because as you know, if we get to tuesday without any of this happening, off the cliff. >> and, jon, you say off the cliff by tuesday, just two days left, how damaging would it be if we do indeed go off the cliff even if we bungee up a few days or weeks after. >> the impact on
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am PST
back into recession. >> reporter: vice president biden and mitch mcconnell had several conversations deep into the night. and will continue those conversations this morning. the conversations were good, but time is almost out. >> the cutoff is tomorrow. we hear in your piece about the dire consequences here. most americans might not feel the effects immediately, right? >> reporter: most workers will feel some impact in their very first paycheck of the year, because the payroll tax cut expires. that's going up no matter what. the irs has changed the withholding tables yet. but that will happen. >> that's not the way anyone wants to ring in the new year. jon karl, thank you very much. >>> we turn to abc's ron claiborne with the other news. >> dan, imagine this. we're going to begin with good news. elizabeth, hello. >> yea! >> it appears that milk and dairy prices will not double. there's now support from both parties to extend the farm bill. without that legislation, milk could hit $7 a gallon with similar increases for cheese, yogurt, and more. the bill could come up for
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 7:00am EST
, let's listen to what senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said on the senate floor. >> i told the president we'd be happy to look at what he proposes. but the truth is, we're coming up against a hard deadline here. and republicans aren't going to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> meanwhile, the senate majority leader, now, had even harshe harsher words for gop leadership. >> the house of representatives is operating out the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >> wow. that is summed up very well. >> calling your other guy a dictator is not really a good way to start. "the new york times" said that harry reid looked like an angry father-in-law, who kept coming to the floor, nursing a grudge all year long. this is not looking good, obviously. they're meeting at the white house, all four congressional leaders with the president. this is the first meeting they've ha
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
forward. >> reporter: that prompted mitch mcconnell to call for a lifeline. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump start the negotiations on his side. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: with that, vice president biden is now impemers as a key player, playing a direct role in the effort to strike a last-minute deal. the key sticking points remain the same. the white house wants taxes to go up on those making over $250,000 a year. republicans want a higher information threshold. they want to keep the estate tax from going up. there's no agreement on what to do about the automatic spending cuts set to go into effect on january 2nd. both sides have said the cost of failure is extremely high. >> if we're not able to reach an agreement, it will be dire. probably at least another million jobs lost, an unemployment rate over 9% and putting us back into recession. >> reporter: vice president biden and republican leader mcconnell had several conversations deep into the night. the conversations were good,
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